Oct. 18, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and Berkshire Community College (BCC), together with the Berkshire Superintendents’ Roundtable, announce that nominations are open for the 2018 Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award, as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week.

Nominations for this eighth annual award recognition, to honor Berkshire County educators, will be accepted through Dec. 12. Awards will be given in each of the following categories: Early Childhood – Community Setting, Elementary Pre-K to Grade 2, Grades 3-6, and Grades 7-12.

“MCLA is proud to honor the outstanding educators in our area with the Berkshire County Educator Recognition Awards,” said MCLA President James F. Birge. “The outstanding educators whom we recognize each year do significant work as they teach and encourage their young students to strive to do their best work, and to make and achieve their goals as they learn and grow.”

Educators employed in Berkshire County early childhood programs and pre-K through grade 12 schools are eligible to receive this award. Potential award recipients must be nominated by another educator, district/school administrator, or program director/provider, and have at least five years of experience in a program, school or classroom setting. Typically, pre-K-12 applicants also must have achieved Professional Licensure, or the equivalent licensure, in Massachusetts.

In addition, nominees should show distinction in education as demonstrated in classroom teaching or by their primary activities, as well as service to the profession, the community, or the region.

Selections for the awards will be made by a committee comprised of Berkshire Country educators, as well as MCLA and BCC education faculty. In recognition of the awards, each recipient will receive $500, and each recipient’s school or education center will receive $200. A reception and public recognition for the recipients will be held at MCLA on May 3, 2018.

Nomination forms are available from Tracey Garlington in MCLA’s Department of Graduate and Continuing Education, . For more information, contact her via email, or at (413) 662-5575. Completed forms should be returned by Dec. 12 to Garlington, Graduate and Continuing Education, MCLA, 375 Church St., North Adams, Mass. 01247.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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